SO much static that you can't her it. Therefore it is a total waste, and really annoying too.
Heimreich presents a plausible discussion about diversity in NYC. He is a sociologist so the book has an academic perspective, but it is very informative. However, since he mentions many times that he walked over 6,000 miles of NYC streets, he does not organize the book by this approach. Rather then being neighborhood oriented, it is theme oriented. I would have preferred a neighborhood view.
However, my criticism is the narrator who is clearly unfamiliar with NYC, and I think inappropriate. He mispronounces many place names (such as Gerritsen, Moshulu, Houston, Gowanus, Todt Hill, Luquer, and more) and even general words, like "Trompe L'Oeil". This is very jarring to those who know NYC and detracts for his credibility. I wish Audible had checked for this before the audio was available.
I have listened to this book over 3 times since I bought it a few weeks ago. I listened before a recent to trip to Northern Florida, again while on the trip, and again when I came home. It has fascinating details about the state history and touches on many aspects: ethnic and race relations, politics, skirmishes, geology, cultural history, geography, tourism, etc. It also focuses on different parts of the state so you get good representation. Good for general listening as well as for trips.
The narrator sound like she is reading to a first grade class. She has the pronunciation and intonation one would use with young children, No only that, but this is a terrible problem in a action, adventure book. I don't understand how this could happen. It is so bad I couldn't finish the book.
Compared to other of Wood's books, including Orchid Beach, this is a real dud. Its just about identifying and apprehending who is a sexual murderer. Sprinkled with other things, like "romance" and job status. Most of it was inane, since there were only 2 suspects, one of whom was identified halfway through the book. The rest was setting traps to catch him. Yawn.
This could be a very good book, and quite accurate, if the writer (and narrator) weren't so dramatic. Greenberg clearly has an axe to grind, so his approach is very slanted. Most clinicians (I am one) know there are many many flaws in DSM IV and 5; we work around it. But Greenberg takes it too literally. There are some issues ("diagnosis" needed for insurance, drug companies exploitation) but in general, i day-to-day clinical practice, DSM is not a "bible" nor a main ingredient.
As a result, Greenberg intends an anti-psychiatry screen rather than a balanced critique of DSM, and the profession. Its not fair, nor accurate; it is a one-sided approach.
A riveting story of what probably is a routine type case. Police looking for "numbers" do shoddy work and send an innocent young man to jail. The legal side of the story and efforts to exonerate him are a well-told-tale.
Slow moving, focus on Minnesota. But the characters of the children, and the narrator's portrayal is so annoying I could hardly listen. Its not "cute" its irritating.
This is an engrossing story that is written to bring visual images to mind. The listener learns much about the history and atmosphere of "Old Florida" while following a family chronicle.
Guidall is, as usual, and excellent narrator.
I was sorry when it ended.
This somewhat plodding legal "thriller" leaves most of its surprises until the end. So it could easily be cut in half, then its worth the effort.
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